THE ambulance service which covers Dorset is starting work on a new hi-tech operations centre.

The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) ambulance special operations centre (ASOC West) will provide a central response, training and administration facility.

Paramedics based at the new site will provide the NHS ambulance response to a range of potentially hazardous incidents.

They will cover the trust’s operational areas of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset and the Isles of Scilly. It will be based on the new Skypark scheme,north of Exeter Airport.

Rob Cross, project manager at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The trust’s project team has worked closely with St Modwen to bring about the delivery of this purpose-built operational ambulance facility.

“The trust required a location that would enable it to respond to incidents across the region as quickly as possible and at any hour of the day.”

St. Modwen is a leading regeneration specialist.